Debate still open on evolution

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Has evolution been proven to be true?

It has not. Earlier this year I learned that Steve Luckstead has been writing a monthly column for the U-B with the thesis that it has been proven. In his March 4 column he stated, “I love that science is ruthlessly objective. Nothing is accepted without proof. In fact, any proposed idea isn’t seen to be science without the possibility of being falsified.”

In 1983 Douglas Futuyama, who was an evolutionary biologist, wrote in the book “Science on Trial” — “Creation and evolution, between them, exhaust the possible explanations for the origin of living things. Organisms appeared on Earth fully developed or they did not. If they did not, they must have developed from pre-existing species by some process of modification. It they did appear in a fully developed state, they must indeed have been created by some omnipotent intelligence.”

So there are only two possibilities. Either we evolved or there was a Creator, a master designer.

It is crucial folks understand that if strict scientific methods are used neither the evolutionary theory nor creation theory can be proven. Neither of them can be falsified. It takes a certain amount of faith for folks to believe in either them. Someone has suggested the evolutionary theory is the humanist’s religion.

If Luckstead believes his theory can be falsified, it seems to me it would only be fair to the public if he would explain how that would be done.

It is also important people understand the difference between facts and the interpretation of those facts. No one would dispute the fact we are here. But the how and the when we got here are subject to the interpretation of those facts,

Let’s look at what some noted evolutionists have written about the proof of evolution.

In 1932, Horatio H. Newman, professor emeritus of the University of Chicago conceded, “Reluctant as he may be to admit it, honesty compels the evolutionist to admit there is no absolute proof of organic evolution.”

Nearly 40 years later Ernst Mayr, Ph.D. of Harvard, an outstanding evolutionist, declared: “The fact that the evolutionary theory is now so universally accepted is no proof of its correctness ... the basic theory is in many instances hardly more than a postulate.”

The dictionary defines a postulate as a position or supposition without proof.

Don Casebolt

Walla Walla

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